MARINA RUXANDRA OTELEA, OANA CRISTINA ARGHIR, CORINA ZUGRAVU, EUGENIA NAGHI, SABINA ANTONIU, AGRIPINA RASCU LUNG FUNCTION AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN WORKERS WITH CHEMICAL AND DUST EXPOSURE Regarding the widely distribution of respiratory exposure hazards in occupational settings, workers have an increased risk for chronic lung diseases. For assessing the quality of life and lung function in workers exposed to chemicals and dust, St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) and spirometry were performed among 40 patients, admitted in Occupational Clinic Department of Colentina Hospital, Bucharest, Romania, during February, 2017. SGRQ showed different predictors for patients according to their occupational exposure and total symptoms score correlated better with decreased spirometric parameters in defining lung function deterioration. Quality of life is earlier affected than lung function deterioration and emphasises the need of more sensitive methods for an earlier identification and better evaluation of respiratory hazards in different workplaces.
Keywords: chemical and dust exposure, quality of life, occupational lung diseases